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Toran serves on American Geophysical Union Committee

Dr. Laura Toran, a hydrogeologist in the Environmental Sciences Division of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has been selected to serve on the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Committee to select outstanding student papers for the hydrology section.

Toran received a doctorate in geology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She joined the ORNL staff in 1986 and now lives in Oak Ridge with her husband, Jon Nyquist, and daughters Katie, 6, and Megan, 3.

Toran will serve on the committee of five scientists who have two-year appointments. The committee members judge the presentations given by students at fall and spring meetings of AGU and they award prizes to the students who produce outstanding papers.

The AGU is a 75-year-old organization for researchers, administrators, professionals and students involved in the study of the earth and space sciences. The four primary areas of study for AGU members are atmospheric and ocean sciences, solid Earth sciences, hydraulic sciences and space sciences.

ORNL, one of DOE's multiprogram national research and development facilities, is managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corp.